Acting Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
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*** For Immediate Release***
Troopers Arrest Man Before Possible Abduction or Assault
On Friday afternoon, June 22, 2012, a 26 year-old Bonney Lake woman called 911 as she was being followed by a male in a black BMW on State Route 512 near the Puyallup Fair Grounds. The 26 year-old female told dispatchers that she was “afraid to pull over.” She first noticed the BMW following her on Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. When she changed lanes, the BMW would also. She continued onto State Route 512 all the way down to State Route 410, and the BMW followed. She stayed on the phone with the WSP Communications, giving her location and direction of travel while troopers moved into place.
A trooper positioned himself on the right shoulder of State Route 410 near the Sumner Buckley Highway and observed the black BMW with the male driving. As soon as the trooper pulled in behind the black BMW, the driver made an erratic left turn into a grocery store parking lot and, at that point, the trooper initiated a traffic stop. Upon contact, the male driver told the trooper he was going to “meet a friend” at a restaurant. When the trooper asked the name of the friend he was meeting, the driver stated, “I don’t know, I got to call her”. The driver of the BMW was identified as 28 year-old Aaron M. Johnson of Lakewood.
Upon further investigation, it was revealed the 26 year-old female had a Protection Order against Johnson stemming from a domestic violence incident that occurred last month in Lacey, when Johnson was arrested on numerous felony charges including Burglary 1st Degree While Armed With A Deadly Weapon, Kidnapping 1st Degree While Armed With A Deadly Weapon, Rape 1st Degree While Armed With A Deadly Weapon, and Felony Harassment. Johnson was able to post bail and was released from the Thurston County Jail on May 29th.
Troopers arrested Johnson on this separate charge and booked him into the Pierce County Jail for violating the protection order. The black 2003 BMW Johnson was driving was seized as evidence and a search warrant was obtained. Troopers searched the vehicle and located a woman’s wig, some oversized sunglasses, a pair of black gloves, and a roll of duct tape. This is an ongoing investigation and only Johnson knows what his plans were, but one thing is for sure this young lady is safe and sound with him behind bars.